|Publication number||US7069599 B2|
|Application number||US 10/470,642|
|Publication date||Jul 4, 2006|
|Filing date||Nov 8, 2004|
|Priority date||Mar 12, 2002|
|Also published as||US6804831, US20030172437, US20050229288, WO2003077694A1|
|Publication number||10470642, 470642, US 7069599 B2, US 7069599B2, US-B2-7069599, US7069599 B2, US7069599B2|
|Inventors||Ricardo J. Guerra|
|Original Assignee||Guerra Ricardo J|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (13), Referenced by (5), Classifications (12), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a continuation of U.S. Ser. No. 10/095,787 filed on Mar. 12, 2002 now U.S. Pat. No. 6,804,831, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to headgear and, more particularly, to collapsible headgear, especially to collapsible headgear having a bill of protracted length providing enhanced protection from the sun.
2. Description of the Prior Art
Spectators at outdoor sporting events and participants in other outdoor activities, such as field sports and maintenance work, could benefit from wearing headgear, such as a cap or a visor, that provides enhanced protection from the sun and other elements of weather and also that can be conveniently folded so as to form its own compact, case for transport and storage. Ideally such a cap or visor would feature a protracted bill that can be folded to form the case and, when unfolded, return the cap to its original shape and appearance. Further, the ideal cap or visor could include other features that protect the wearer from sun and weather.
Headgear such as baseball caps, visors, and the like, which can be folded or collapsed into more compact forms are known as disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 2,896,218; 5,450,629; 5,845,339; and 5,903,921, to mention a few. Additionally, headgear, particularly baseball-type hats and visors with extended length or retractable bills are shown in U.S. Pat. Nos. 3,945,050; 0,075,898; 5,621,915; 5,689,830; 5,197,150 and D360,972.
The headgear of the present invention can be formed into a compact unit or case for ease of carrying and generally comprises a headband portion and a bill portion, the latter preferably being of protracted length relative to the bill of a conventional baseball cap or the like. The bill portion, in one embodiment, has at least two bill sections which are hingedly connected to one another. The bill sections are formed of a semi-rigid plastic and have a generally non-planar shape which can be considered a relaxed position wherein the bill section remains in a extended position projecting outwardly from the headband portion. The bill sections are releasably formable into a substantially flat or planar configuration whereby they can be folded around their hinged junctures. The headband is collapsible so as to be at least partially positionable under the bottom side of the first bill section. When the first and second bill sections are formed into a substantially flat configuration and the second bill section is folded to a position where the bottom side of the first and second bill sections face each other, the collapsed headband will be at least partially disposed between the bottom sides of the first and second bill sections.
With reference to
As best seen with reference to
As noted, the bill sections are hingedly secured to one another, and to this end, bill portion 14 is provided with a first fabric layer 30 which overlays the top side of the bill sections and a second fabric layer 32 which overlays the bottom sides of the bill sections. Additionally, and as seen in
As best seen in
Reference is now made to
Referring first to
A particular feature of the present invention as shown in the drawings is the fact that the bill portion 14 is of a protracted length, i.e., it extends outwardly from the headband 12 a greater length than is conventional in baseball caps, visors and the like. This provides enhanced protection from the sun and finds particular application if the wearer is positioned watching an event such as a football game wherein the bill portion 14 is pointing toward the sun. On the other hand, it will be appreciated that bill sections 22 and 24 could be dispensed with if it was merely desired to make a collapsible or foldable headgear and, in this regard, a portion of the crown 16 could have properly positioned hook or loop fasteners which would mate with properly positioned hook or loop fasteners on the bottom side of second bill section 20 such that when second bill section 20 was folded such that the bottom side of bill section 20 substantially faced the bottom side of bill section 18, the hook and loop fasteners on crown 16 at some other portion of headband 12 would engage the corresponding fasteners on bill section 20. Obviously, other types of fasteners could be employed. Further, instead of the fastener, a tie could be wrapped around the two folded sections. Although such a configuration would not provide as neat a carrying case as depicted in
As is well known with respect to headgear such as baseball caps, visors and the like, the headband 12 can be provided with a size adjusting mechanism indicated at 70. Such adjustments include belts and buckles, hook and loop fasteners, etc. employed.
The foregoing description and examples illustrate selected embodiments of the present invention. In light thereof, variations and modifications will be suggested to one skilled in the art, all of which are in the spirit and purview of this invention.
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|U.S. Classification||2/209.11, 2/195.5|
|International Classification||A42B1/00, A42B1/20, A42B1/06, A42B1/24|
|Cooperative Classification||A42B1/24, A42B1/065, A42B1/201|
|European Classification||A42B1/24, A42B1/20B, A42B1/06B2D|
|Feb 8, 2010||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Jul 4, 2010||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Aug 24, 2010||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20100704